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The Lyrics to the Songs and
The Stories Behind the Stories

The lasting emotional impact of Bill's story-songs comes from the fact that that they transport you into the life of the characters.   Bill sees the pain of others and makes the source of that pain understandable to anyone.   Teenagers who run away from home,   children who have learning disabilities,   the poor and homeless,  the bereaved, the elderly, the socially outcast - these are the heroes and heroines of  the songs from this remarkable songwriter's pen.

For a long time, folks have been asking about the real story behind the songs.  So we asked fans to write in and tell us  which songs they want to know about.   Here is the the complete lyric index for all the recorded (and some not-yet-recorded) songs, and  selected  "Stories Behind the Stories".  If you have  a favorite that you want to know about,  e-mail  us and let us know. ( info @  ctsongwriting . com )
          
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Bill Pere

ALL   LYRICS

RECORDINGS

Below are links for all the lyrics, and selected stories behind the songs, with links for of all the songs. 

Since Bill is well known for using unusual words,  a link to the Online Webster's Dictionary is included

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Dare to Dream


High School My School


Crest of a Wave


Cityscape


Songs For Kids Who Like to Think


Songs For Kids With Commom Scents


Songs For Kids Who Touch the Stars


 


You'll See a Much Brighter Day


New Day Coming Tomorrow


Christmas Eve on the Poor Side of Town


Bill's Videos on YouTube

RuralMural
Rural Mural

Let Me Count the Ways

LOTS MORE TO COME !

 

 

DARE TO DREAM
( listen - purchase - download)

Proceeds benefit social service programs through L.U.N.C.H.

(a collection of songs that look at all aspects of dreams, hopes, and  aspirations across the panorama of  living a full life)

This collection contains several songs from Bill's musical "Pegasus",  marked with *. For more from "Pegasus" see the CD "Songs For Kids Who Like to Think". 
There are also selections from Bill's rock musical "Of Time to Come"

press article
 


(2 Discs ! )

Bill Pere

"The Wish" reached  #1 on several Internet Radio charts and was released on a compilation with Pete Seeger, John Cafferty, ond other great artists.
                    DISC  # 1      
Dare to Dream (3:15) Lyrics Story  

The Dream That Came True * (4:16)

Lyrics Story  
Amanda's Garden  (2:24) Lyrics Story  
The Meadow Song (3:19) Lyrics Story  
You're In All of My Dreams (3:31) Lyrics Story songmap
Alizarin Crimson (3:45)
(See the Gallery of Paintings)
Lyrics Story
Flickers (Candle in a Corridor) (3:44) Lyrics Story  
Dawn Moment (2:35)
(Vocal by Nicole Foley)
Lyrics Story  
I Will Never Be Lost Again (3:37) Lyrics Story
Footsteps (4:49) Lyrics Story songmap
Blind Man (2:42)
(From the Rock Opera "Of Time to Come")
Lyrics Story  
The Wish  (4:14)     (#1 hit on NM1 charts) Lyrics Story
When I Sing (The Sound in the Space)
(vocal by Kay Pere)  (3:20)
Lyrics Story  
Forgotten Cries    (8:02)
(From the Rock Opera "Of Time to Come")
(vocal duet: Bill Pere and Melody Pere)
Lyrics Story  
Mark on the Wall (4:45)
 
(top 10 hit on NM1 charts)
Lyrics Story  
                 --   DISC # 2 --      
Hourglass (3:49) * Lyrics Story  
She Made it All Worthwhile  (4:24) Lyrics Story  
Daydream - ( The Levees of New Orleans )
(Vocal by Denise Levasseur, written  by Rena Johnson) Originally released to benefit hurricane Katrina relief efforts
Lyrics

Story

 
Time Flies (3:10) Lyrics Story  
Gasoline Cat  (2:24) Lyrics Story  
Sleep, Little One (Orphan's Lullaby) (3:31)* Lyrics Story  
The Dream Held in Your Eyes (Caregiver)* (6:25)   (vocal by Jaclyn Sabogal)  Lyrics Story  
Jump Start (All of Your Dreams)  (4:00)
(Vocal by Kayla Bogan)
Lyrics Story  
i-Soul 3000A.D.
(From the Rock Opera "Of Time to Come")
Lyrics Story  
Such a Short Step (3:25) Lyrics Story  
You're So Jejune !  (3:46) Lyrics Story  
The Game  (2:28) Lyrics Story  
Swing the Carousel  (3:01) Lyrics Story  
The Skulking Dream of the Wiggling Whisker  (Instrumental) Lyrics Story  
 The Secret Adventures of  Bob's Left Thigh (Instrumental) Lyrics Story  
       

 

CREST OF A WAVE
( listen - purchase - download)

Proceeds benefit social service programs through L.U.N.C.H.

Featuring the 2 songs that launched Bill's career and which remain fan favorites today, "The Promise" and "Six Candles in the Chandlery"

Bill Pere


featured on the Maritime Heritage Network

press article
 
 
Crest of a Wave Lyrics Story  
Crescent Moon Lyrics Story  
Tatterdemalion Lyrics Story  
The Other Side of the Wave Lyrics Story  
Six Candles in the Chandlery 
(a top all-time favorite) !
Lyrics Story  
My Tears and the Tide Lyrics Story  
The Promise   (a top all-time favorite !) Lyrics Story
Cerulean Blue Lyrics Story  

 

CITYSCAPE
( listen - purchase- download)

Proceeds benefit social service programs through L.U.N.C.H.

Bill Pere

"Another Touch of Gray" was in the NM1 Top 10  for more than  a year! "

Another Touch of Gray    (#1 hit on NM1 charts) Lyrics Story Songmap
The Thief Lyrics Story  
Teach Me How to Fly Lyrics Story
My Name Is Mary        (#1 hit on NM1 charts) Lyrics Story  

Magdalene

Lyrics Story  
Orphan Girl Lyrics Story  
Old Man Lyrics Story  
The Violin Maker  Lyrics Story
Quiet Time Lyrics Story  
Fortune Teller Lyrics Story  
Lamplighter Lyrics Story  
Born of a Smile Lyrics Story Songmap

 

HIGH SCHOOL MY SCHOOL
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(High School My School was in the top 10 on the charts at both ArtistLaunch and NM1 for more than 120 consecutive weeks !)

Bill Pere

High School, My School (Life 101) (4:11)
(#1 hit on NM1 charts - a top all-time favorite !)
Lyrics Story  
Shadow Lad (3:17)
(It happened at Columbine, at Virginia Tech, and many other schools - why ?)
Lyrics Story

Most Likely to Succeed  (The Yearbook) (3:58)
(#1 hit on NM1 charts)
Lyrics Story  
Pebble (7:54) (by Kay Pere) Lyrics Story  

All I Need Is a Friend (5:19)

Lyrics Story  
Bein' Cool (It Ain't So Hot) (5:35) Lyrics Story  
Teacher (Do I Matter Much at All?) (5:20)
(a top all-time favorite ! )
Lyrics Story  
Jack T. Tation (3:28) Lyrics Story  
Friday Night (Reflection) (5:17) Lyrics Story  
Past The Pane (3:30) Lyrics Story  
Revelation (Philosophy 101) (5:07) Lyrics Story  
Taunted (3:43) Lyrics Story  
Songs, Flowers, You and I (4:00) Lyrics Story  
Teach Me How to Fly (3:54)  Lyrics Story
Kram It! (Overload) (4:09) Lyrics Story  
Shine On (Graduation) (3:02) Lyrics Story  
Four Years Out of Forty (Reunion) (4:12) Lyrics Story  

 

NEW DAY COMING TOMORROW
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Bill Pere

( Calendar  reached #1 on the Artist Launch charts, and #1  on the NM1 Charts and stayed in the Top 10 for more than 140 consecutive weeks!)
 

Let Them Be Who They Are  (4:38) Lyrics Story  
Calendar  (6:31)  (#1 hit on NM1 charts) Lyrics Story  
Jump Start (All of Your Dreams)  (4:00) Lyrics Story  
Symphony of Man (5:24) Lyrics Story

Teach Me How to Fly   (3:56)  

Lyrics Story
             YouTube video of Shauna Beth's version      
The Face In Your Mirror  (4:20) Lyrics Story  
Prism Rainbow   (5:10) Lyrics Story  
From On High  (3:13) Lyrics Story  
New Day Coming Tomorrow  (4:08) Lyrics Story  

 

YOU'LL SEE A MUCH BRIGHTER DAY
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The Crib In the Creche (5:53) Lyrics Story
doG  (When a Child Says a Prayer)   (5:05) Lyrics Story
 Letters (4:10) Lyrics Story  
Christmas Eve, Silent Night (6:17) Lyrics Story YT

Christmas Eve on the Poor Side of Town (2:30)

Lyrics Story
  YouTube Video - Shauna Beth's live version      
  YouTube Video Stef Schaufler's  live version    
When People Care (3:00)
songmap
Lyrics Story
There's Wonder in the Way (5:30) Lyrics Story  
Song of Love (3:50) Lyrics Story  
Inherit the Earth (3:55) Lyrics Story  
There But For Your Grace Go I (3:02) Lyrics Story  
You'll See a Much Brighter Day (3:57) Lyrics Story  

 

CHRISTMAS EVE ON THE POOR SIDE OF TOWN
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The Crib in the Creche (5:53) Lyrics Story
Christmas Eve, Silent Night (6:17) Lyrics Story YT
The Way of the Waif (5:30) Lyrics Story  
Dear Santa (2:40) (Manning/Vozzolo)  (with Amy Henion, Samantha and Stefanie Schauler, and the LUNCH Ensemble) Lyrics Story  

Ornament (2:38) (with Samantha and Stefanie Schauler, and
                              AmyHenion)

Lyrics Story  
All is Calm, All is Bright (4:10)  (Kay Pere, with Samantha and
                          Stefanie Schauler, Melody Pere, and Kathlen Boyle)
Lyrics Story  
The Organ Grinder (4:24) Lyrics Story  
Christmas Eve on the Poor Side of Town (2:30)  
      (vocal by Shauna Beth Mandelburg)
Lyrics Story
 YouTube Video - Shauna Beth's live version      
YouTube Video Stef Schaufler's  live version      

 

SONGS FOR KIDS WHO LIKE TO THINK
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Bill Pere

Word Twister (4:30)  Lyrics Story  
Pegasus (4:25) Lyrics Story  
Celestial Symphony (3:15) Lyrics Story  
Anyone Can Make Music (4:46) Lyrics Story  

Homunculus (5:28)

Lyrics Story  
What Our Children Teach (3:07) Lyrics Story  
Heart of the Storm (3:01) Lyrics Story  
Jack T. Tation (3:10) Lyrics Story  
Trivial John (3:02) Lyrics Story  
Get Scienced, Get Smart (3:26) Lyrics Story  
 March of the Munchkin Mischief Makers (4:40) Lyrics Story  
Give the Children a Tomorrow (Bill  Pere / Les Julian) Lyrics Story
 Surprise Reprise Lyrics Story  

 

 SONGS FOR KIDS WITH COMMON SCENTS
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Bill Pere

Word Twister, Part Deux! (5:03) Lyrics Story  
House of Ideas   (4:52) Lyrics Story  
Summer Breeze, Winter Wind (3:35) Lyrics Story  
Electric Nose! (4:45) Lyrics Story  

Senseless (2:35)

Lyrics Story  
The Wish (4:54)  (#1 hit on NM1 charts) Lyrics Story
Seventeen Giraffes (3:39) Lyrics Story  
Bubble Bath (3:53) Lyrics Story  
Someone to Come Along (5:15) Lyrics Story  
Little Pro-Fusser (2:24) Lyrics Story  
The Singer and His Son (4:48) Lyrics Story  
Voices of the Young (3:43) Lyrics Story  

 

 SONGS FOR KIDS WHO TOUCH THE STARS
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My Smile Is Upside Down Lyrics Story  
Change It ! Lyrics Story  
Kids Just Want to Have Fund$ Lyrics Story  
My Best Friend Lyrics Story  

Kyla and the Cupcakes

Lyrics Story  
If I Had a Time Machine (Hide and Seek) Lyrics Story  
Juliassic Park     (instrumental) Lyrics Story  
Game Warden Lyrics Story  
Rhythms of Our Heart Lyrics Story
All of Us,  God's Children
(commissioned for the Special Olympics World Games)
Lyrics Story

 

 PROFILES OF CONNECTICUT
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The Tides that Bind   (Bill Pere/Tom Callinan) Lyrics Story
The Legend of Mother Bailey (Kay Pere) Lyrics Story
To the Fringed Gentian   (Kay Pere) Lyrics Story
Marry Me Mary    (Kay Pere) Lyrics Story

Connecticut's a Cut Above the Rest

Lyrics Story
We All Rely on Ely (A tale of Eli Whitney) Lyrics Story
Impresario (A tale of P.T. Barnum) Lyrics Story
One Life to Give ( A tale of Nathan Hale) Lyrics Story
A Man Behind the Legend  Lyrics Story
Connecticut Compromise (A tale of Roger Sherman) Lyrics Story
USS Connecticut 
(commissioned as the official song of the submarine USS Connecticut)
Lyrics Story
Heart of the Storm
(a tribute to the men and women of Operation Desert Storm,  acknowledged by General Norman Schwarzkopf)
Lyrics Story

 

RURAL MURAL
(released 2015)

Proceeds benefit social service programs through L.U.N.C.H.
 

  RuralMural
Wrought Iron Ring  
(#1 hit on Indie charts)
Lyrics Story  
The Dream Lyrics Story  
You Make Me Believe in Me Lyrics Story  
What Love Really Means Lyrics Story YT
Minstrel in the Moonlight Lyrics Story  
Meadow Song Lyrics Story  
Late Night Bus  
(Top 10 hit on NM1 charts)
Lyrics Story  
A Simple Quilt Lyrics Story  
Winter World Lyrics Story  
Noah's Ark Lyrics Story  
Sideshow Man Lyrics Story  
Dust Bowl Lyrics Story  
Where No Shadows Fall Lyrics Story  
The Talk in the Tavern Lyrics Story  
The Nail Lyrics Story  
The Jester Lyrics Story  
I Am Erica   Lyrics Story
And Our Love Lyrics Story  
Let Me Count the Ways
songmap
Lyrics Story YT
Late Night Bus  
(Top 10 hit on NM charts)
Lyrics Story  
Story of Our Lives Lyrics Story  

lots more to come...


LET ME COUNT THE WAYS

(in the queue)

 

   
Let Me Count the Ways Lyrics Story songmap
         
Pictures of You Lyrics Story    
A Life Behind the Lyrics Lyrics Story    
Coruscate Lyrics Story    
Story I'd Tell Lyrics Story    
The Love We Share Lyrics Story    

Let It Embrace You

Lyrics Story    
Life's Cafe Lyrics Story    
Where Has All the Love Gone Lyrics Story    
She Lyrics Story    
Peanut Butter Night Lyrics Story    
The Poets Song Lyrics Story    
Such a Simple Thing        
When We're Together        
Time at the Table (by Kay Pere and Bill Pere) Lyrics Story  
Orphan's Lament (by Bill Pere, recorded by Angel & Mackenzie) Lyrics Story  

OTHER SONGS

Donkey in a Ditch
(2012 Grammy Award Winner)
Lyrics      
 Poopular Lyrics Story    
 I'm A Angry Young Man Lyrics Story    

 

 

 lots more things to come....

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   GO TO:


Dare to Dream


High School My School


Crest of a Wave


Cityscape


Songs For Kids Who Like to Think


Songs For Kids With Commom Scents


Songs For Kids Who Touch the Stars


 


You'll See a Much Brighter Day


New Day Coming Tomorrow


Christmas Eve on the Poor Side of Town

LOTS MORE TO COME !

Rural Mural

Let Me Count the Ways

Bill is well known for using some unusual words in his lyrics.  
A dictionary link is provided below if you want to check out any definitions

Online Webster's Dictionary

JUMP TO:   Crest of a Wave   Cityscape    High School My School   Dare to Dream
New Day Coming Tomorrow   Christmas Eve on the Poor Side of Town
You'll See a Much Brighter Day   Rural Mural  Let Me Count the Ways
Songs For Kids Who Like to Think   Songs For Kids Who Touch the Stars
Songs For Kids With Common Scents  

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